Pronounced: gayj, noun/verb

Notes: This is another word that has multiple origins and meanings. One of the meanings I didn’t know that I knew (more tomorrow).

Yesterday’s word

The word retronym means “a term consisting of a noun and a modifier which specifies the original meaning of the noun”. For example, in the pre-digital days, a ‘camera’ always had film, but when digital cameras became common, the retronym ‘film camera’ came into being. Other retronyms are ‘desktop computer’ and ‘bricks-and-morter store’.

Background / Comments

This word is American is origin: the word retro- combined with -nym. Credit for the word is given to Frank Mankiewicz.

First usage

The word seems to have come into use around 1980

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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